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Weekly Report - 11 March 2021 (WR-21-10)

LEADER
Protests erupted against Paraguay’s President Mario Abdo Benítez this week...
ANDEAN COUNTRIES
“The right only beat us in Santa Cruz,” former president Evo Morales (2006-2019) boasted after Bolivia’s regional and municipal elections on 7 March...
Peru’s presidential race is wide open with just one month to go...
US president Joe Biden fulfilled an electoral promise on 8 March by offering Temporary Protected Status (TPS) to approximately 320,000 Venezuelan migrants living in the US...
President Iván Duque and his new defence minister Diego Molano, who was appointed a month ago, are facing a new scandal over army bombing operations...
BRAZIL & SOUTHERN CONE
Two-times former president Lula da Silva (2003-2011) had his political rights restored on 8 March after a shock ruling by supreme court (STF) justice Luiz Edson Fachin annulled the convictions against him...
Four days of violent disturbances in Argentina’s northern province of Formosa have presented a tricky political problem for the government of President Alberto Fernández...
MEXICO
A new set of gun battles with rival drug trafficking organisations (DTOs), a daring parade of home-made armoured cars, and the arrest of a key money-launderer have all kept the Cartel Jalisco Nueva Generación (CJNG) and its leader, Nemesio ‘El Mencho’ Oseguera Ramos, in the public eye...
International Women’s Day was marked by the appearance of a steel wall, a big demonstration, and violent clashes in Mexico City...
CENTRAL AMERICA & CARIBBEAN
With President Nayib Bukele set to enjoy unprecedented control of the national assembly following the victory of his Nuevas Ideas party in the 28 February legislative vote [WR-21-09], speculation has emerged as to what may feature on the legislative agenda once the new deputies take up their seats in May...
President Luis Abinader delivered the balance sheet of his opening six months in office on Dominican Republic’s Independence Day on 27 February...
HONDURAS | Trade deficit...
POSTSCRIPT
Colombian public prosecutor Gabriel Jaimes asked a judge on 5 March to shelve a court investigation of witness tampering and fraud charges against former president Álvaro Uribe (2002-2010)...
“The public already knows that this will not be resolved by changing a handful of ministers…it will be resolved when this model that has been stealing from Paraguayans for 60 years is replaced.”..

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